"Our Priority"

12 April 2019

Being an ideal should be prioritized. Likewise the motto of PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) which has noble intentions makes passengers a priority. Ideally, the priority in the railway is followed by guaranteed travel reliability and safety.


The Electric Rail Train (KRL) journey is the base of about 1 million passengers every day. KRL downstream which can cut travel time and affordable rates has become a solution for commuter workers, students and students, to residents who want to stay in touch. on weekends, KRL turned into tourist transportation for some residents.


Its broader reach has also widened the area of ​​citizen mobility that can be facilitated.


Since April 1, 2015, KRL travel routes have increased with the inauguration of Cibinong and Nambo stations in Bogor Regency. Exactly two years later, KRL replaced the local train in Tanah Abang - Rangkasbitung. The trip to Rangkasbitung in Lebak Regency was an extension of the previous KRL route that reached Maja Station. On October 8, 2017, it was the turn of the East Cross KRL which extended its route from Bekasi to Cikarang Station.


The expansion of the route is not sure to make more people ride KRL. If in April 2015 the average passenger ranges from 800,000 people, in 2017 the number has reached 850,000 passengers in a day. The number of KRL users continues to grow to the present 1 million passengers per day.

The addition of the length of the cross was also followed by the addition of KRL trips. On April 1, 2015 there were 872 KRL trips a day. Since September 2018, there have been 938 KRL trips per day.


The expansion of KRL coverage is certainly followed by the addition of infrastructure or infrastructure to support electric train travel. The increasing number of trips requires excellent care, both infrastructure and facilities, aka trains used to transport passengers.


Findings and Recommendations

Unfortunately, the disruption in the KRL trip still exists. The @CommuterLine Twitter account shows at least 171 disruptions to KRL trips throughout 2019. The details are 71 infrastructure disruptions, 85 facility disruptions, and 15 external factors. Disruption of infrastructure included rail disruption, upper flow electricity, and disruption to the money order (transfer of the direction of the train).


External disturbances include strike vehicles at level crossings, fallen trees or billboards, puddles of water, and fires around the railway line.


Travel disruption is not new. Some disturbances even became the notes of the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC).


The Importance of Certification and Audit

Through his website at, among others, highlights the occurrence of broken KRL pantographs with the train number 2030 between Sudimara-Serpong station on March 3, 2018.


The NTSC at that time recommended the Directorate General of Railways of the Ministry of Transportation to certify infrastructure maintenance personnel and infrastructure inspectors in the Jakarta Daop I neighborhood, especially those in charge of electricity.


PT KAI is also recommended to make a repair procedure for the electric power transmission network if there is interference.


Daop I Senior Manager of Communications at PT Daop Eva Chairunisa, Tuesday (04/09/2019), said that his party had implemented the NTSC recommendation. "In terms of infrastructure, we have carried out regular maintenance according to the electricity cycle of the upper flow and roads," he said.


Recommendations from the NTSC are expected to be an effort to ensure travel safety and KRL users.


Of course another factor needed is the availability of qualified personnel to maintain the entire KRL system running well, the availability of adequate funds for maintenance, and supervision from regulators.


Researchers from the Institute for Transportation Studies (Instran), Deddy Herlambang, argue, the reliability of railroad infrastructure is still minimal. Infrastructure needs to be rejuvenated because it's over 20 years old. Do not let weather problems and sterilization around the track interfere with train travel.


"For the KRL in the Jakarta-Rangkasbitung crossing it is very old, almost 25 years of operation. There are often disruptions, so rejuvenation is needed, "he said.


Deddy also assessed that the process of providing operational and maintenance costs for infrastructure (infrastructure maintenance and operation) carried out by PT KAI must be audited. Thus, disruption and damage to infrastructure that has occurred so far can be evaluated and the cause is sought.


Data Disclosure

Unfortunately, the condition of the infrastructure and facilities and maintenance of KRL is now not easy to access directly from the company, either by PT KAI or its subsidiary, PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia. Railway observers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Taufik Hidayat, asked KRL operators to release quarterly KRL disruption data. The release needed is an explanation of the location of the disorder and its causes.


"Don't do the fine ones displayed. When the KRL broke down, I blamed the blame. It must be explained, why lightning can disrupt the KRL road, "he said.


According to Taufik, this is in line with Law Number 23 of 2007 concerning Railways. One of the principles of the operation of railways, according to the Act, is transparency. Transparency means that the operation of railways must provide space for the wider community to obtain correct, clear and honest information so that the community has the opportunity to participate in the progress of the railway.


"Safety of railways will not be achieved without public participation," he said.


Member of the Children Train Community, Fikri Muhammad zGhazi (25), hopes that operators and the government will release KRL disturbance data periodically. This is to improve and optimize KRL services. "Any disturbance, what mitigation. In the future this will be a discussion material for users and service providers, "he said.


All of that is none other than prioritizing the interests and safety of passengers.


Source: Kompas Daily 10 April 2019, page 21.

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